Saturday, February 11, 2023

Ink. Stamp. Share. February Showcase Blog Hop

Welcome to the Ink. Stamp. Share. February Showcase Blog Hop as we share projects that we are currently working on. You will have the opportunity to visit with talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world as they share their projects and ideas to help inspire you. 
With Valentine's Day just a few days away, I thought I would share two cards I created for a recent Valentine's Day exchange with fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. The cards I created used the same supplies but the designs are unique, so that each person is getting their own special card. It was a fun way to show how you can take just a few supplies to create two beautiful but different designs. 
Products Used:
Love Cats stamp set (item #160410)
Framed Florets stamp set (item #161815)
Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper (item #159161) Host Reward
Stylish Shapes Dies (item #159183)
Give It A Whirl Dies (item #154336)
Petal Pink Cardstock (item #146985)
Real Red Cardstock (item #102482)
Basic White Cardstock (item #159276)
Memento Tuxedo Black Pad (item #132708)
Parakeet Party Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (item #159220)
Real Red Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (item #154899)
Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (item #154893)
Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins (item #160387)
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)
Stamparatus (item #146276)
Measurements: (Both Cards are the same)
Petal Pink Cardstock
Card Base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Large Stitched Circle die cut with the Stylish Shapes Dies
Basic White Cardstock
Inside Layer - 5 1/4" x 4"
Medium Stitched Circle die cut with the Stylish Shapes Dies
Sentiment Label die cut with the Give It A Whirl Dies
Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper
Card Front - 5 1/4" x 4"
Inside Strip - 3/4" x 4"
Real Red Cardstock
5 Hearts (various sizes) die cut with the Give It a Whirl Dies
As you can see, the basic supplies are the same for both cards. What is different about the designs, is the pattern on the designer series paper (one is the reverse side of the same sheet of paper) and the arrangement of the hearts to create the layout. To stamp the cat image, I used the Stamparatus, to make sure that I got a nice solid black image of the cat. With the Stamparatus, I had the opportunity to stamp the image several times, reinking each time, to get a nice crisp image. I also used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment onto the label so that I could center sentiment. I was able to stamp the images for both cards using the same set up with my Stamparatus to make sure that I was successful each time. To add some character to the cat, I used the Light Parakeet Party Stampin' Blends Marker to color the eyes, Dark Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Marker to color the nose and the Dark Real Red Stampin' Blends Marker to color the heart. I arranged the Real Red hearts and attached them to the card front around the focal image. For a touch of bling, I added two Petal Pink Sequins to the sentiment label. 
For the inside of the cards, I added a strip of the coordinating designer series paper across the bottom of the Basic White cardstock layer. I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the Basic White layer and adhered it to the inside of the card. I love how these cards turned out and how I was able to create two different designs using basically the same supplies. 
The Love Cats stamp set has so many adorable images and sentiments for creating cards for a variety of occasions beyond Valentine's Day. It is perfect for the cat lover in your life. The Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper is filled with amazing designs that provide you with so many options for creating unique card designs. This pretty paper is a Host Reward and can only be earned free with a qualifying order or with a qualifying party order. Please let me know if you would like more information about how you can earn this paper for free. 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my Valentine's Day cards will help inspire you to create your own beautiful cards to send out to family and friends. As you can see from these beautiful cards, you don't have to have a lot of supplies to create your own amazing designs. 
Please take the time to visit with my fellow Design Team members by clicking on the links in the Roll Call List below. We would appreciate it if you would leave us a comment and let us know what you liked about our projects. I hope you enjoy our blog hop. 

If you live in the U.S. and do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, please contact me and I would be happy to help you with your creative projects. You may also visit my Online Store to place your order and have it shipped to you. 

Until Next Time

Happy Stamping,

Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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